Choosing the Right Contraception
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to reduce the risk of pregnancy among sexually active women is to use contraception correctly and consistently. With so many methods of birth control available, young people who enter your clinic may need help choosing the best method. Educating young people about birth control options will help them make smarter decisions regarding their sexual health.
LARC (Long-Acting Reversible Contraception)
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends low-maintenance birth control (commonly called long-acting reversible contraception or LARC) for teens who choose not to be abstinent (2014). Low-maintenance birth control includes the IUD and the implant which are the most effective methods for preventing pregnancy. Learn more:
- AAP: Updated Recommendations on Teen Pregnancy Prevention
- LARC First: This site contains practitioner resources, evidence-based resources, algorithms, and eligibility criteria for prescribing contraception to all women, including teens.
- Journal of Adolescent Health: LARC Articles
- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: LARC Program
- Not Right Now SC Contraception Comparison Tool
- Bedsider Providers
- The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: What Helps in Providing Contraceptive Services to Teens
Do you work with young people? Invite them to visit NotRightNowSC.org for information on birth control, love, sex and relationships.